2007 CMMB Caribbean Chess Championships

(Marval, Trinidad & Tobago)


IMs lead in CMMB chess tournament


AS expected, the two International Masters Humberto Pecorelli of Cuba and Amon Simutowe of Zambia are ahead of the 34 players in the Open section of the CMMB Championship after four rounds. Pecorelli, however, is in the lead with 4 points, half a point ahead of the African star who was held to an unexpected draw by Roger Matoewi, Surinameís national champion, in the second round.


Behind them on 3 points each are Russel Porter and Jomo Pitterson of Jamaica, Cesar Ramos of Venezuela and Kishore Ramadhar of T&T.

 IN the Under 20 group, Jamaicaís Brandon Wilson, rated 2116, has taken the lead with a perfect score of 4 points after four rounds. Half a point behind him are Romario Sanchez of Suriname and Justin Salloum of Trinidad and Tobago. On three points are Stephane Milton and Slomy Noreskai of Martinique, Esan Wiltshire and Ricardo Rattan of T&T and Avikaar Malgie of Suriname.


Among the Under 14s, Phillip Pryce of Jamaica and T&Tís Raphael Guerrero are unbeaten with 4 points each. Behind them on 3 points each are Alex Jackman (1784) and Chad Barrow of Barbados, Vishnu Singh of T&T and Geryen dos Ramos of Suriname.


In the Under 10 division, Alexander Kafiluddin is one in the lead with 4 points, a full point ahead of Cavin Tjong Tjin Joe of Suriname and Jonathan Chong and Mahendra Singh of T&T.


The tournament, organized by the T&T Chess Foundation, has attracted 107 players across the Caribbean, Cuba, Venezuela and as far as Zambia and Slovakia.


The lone female entrant in the Open section is FIDE Woman Master Zuzana Borosova, a petite blonde who represented Slovakia at the Olympiads in Mallorca and Turin. After 4 rounds she is in 9th place with 2.5 points. The tournaments end tomorrow with a prize-giving ceremony.

~ Edison Raphael, Trinidad & Tobago Chess Foundation